Show of dominance?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by victorb17, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. victorb17

    victorb17 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 15, 2013
    We bought two hens today and introduce them in to the flock. The current head hen immediately went crazy. The video shows some of this. Once thing I noticed is that her wings were down really far. Is this a sign of dominance? Or Impending fight? What ended up happening is they fought and the little young hen won. The large older hen tried to get away and was dragging the other because she wouldn't let go of some feathers! If I didn't see it with my own eyes, I wouldn't of believed the little one won!
  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Only obvious conflict almost leading to blows involved cockerel / stag and one of the smaller females. Dominant hen (large dark bird) was giving vocal threats and held her tail and hackles as if dominant.
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2013
  3. PSJ

    PSJ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2011
    Sabine Parish, La
    It happens when the pecking order is disrupted. All should settle down in a few days. You can try adding apple cider vinegar to their water of you think they need it. It helps with the stress

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